When the Nines Roll Over by David Benioff
And Other Stories

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In When the Nines Roll Over, David Benioff (The 25th Hour, City of Thieves) uses humor and rich characterizations to explore the sometimes thrilling, sometimes pathetic emotional lives of a diverse set of characters.  Over the course of eight stories, we are introduced to a host of young people on the cusp of discovery and loss.  As he evokes the various states of agony and pleasure—humiliation, rebellion, camaraderie, and desire—Benioff displays a profound understanding of the transformative power of a single moment and how sadness can be illuminated by a humorous flip side. When the Nines Roll Over confirms the promise of a gifted writer emerging as a storytelling force.
 

About David Benioff

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David Benioff is an author and screenwriter. His first novel, The 25th Hour, was adapted into a popular feature film. His short story collection, When the Nines Roll Over, received critical acclaim.
 
Published October 25, 2005 by Plume. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Benioff further demonstrates his range in “Barefoot Girl in Clover” (a former high school football star who goes searching for the lost love of his youth gets whipsawed by the past), “Merde for Luck” (two gay men struggle to stave off AIDS), and the barbed whimsy of “Zoanthropy,” in which lions r...

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The other seven stories in the collection are a varied lot, ranging from the tale of a young soldier grappling with the moral complications of having to execute an elderly woman to a drama about a lovesick young man's decision to secretly scatter his girlfriend's father's ashes.

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Entertainment Weekly

Following his debut novel, ''The 25th Hour'' (the basis for Spike Lee's underseen and underrated 2002 film), this mostly fantastic collection When the Nines Roll Over kick-starts with the masterful title story, in which a music exec cherry-picks a sexy punk singer for stardom against the wishes o...

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USA Today

He then made a quantum leap, by Hollywood standards: He landed the plum job of rewriting (or reinventing, as purists who've seen the film would say) the story of Homer's epic poem The Iliad as a script for Brad Pitt's epic movie Troy.Since then, Benioff has adapted Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the...

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